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The Reason

Everything happens for a reason, you only need to keep on editing your attitude and gratitude so as to sail through. – Unknown

I haven’t felt like writing for a while. I could give you chapter and verse as to why, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. I just haven’t felt like writing, so I haven’t been writing. I don’t have a concrete reason, I just haven’t felt like writing.  And yet, tonight, here I am writing and the reason for that is I am grateful.  I had something happened to me this weekend which totally sent me over the deep end into the gratitude pool.  That’s not to say I had a bad attitude before or wasn’t grateful for things that had happened, because I was. But right now, I am splashing around in that deep end of the gratitude pool and it feels good, and what do you know, I’m sitting here writing!

Is there a correlation?  Maybe, maybe not.  I don’t know, and you know what?  I don’t care either.   I’m not going to dig through my psyche and try and figure out the why and why not of my not writing.  I don’t need to know the reason why I didn’t, and I don’t need to know the reason why I am tonight.  I only know I’m writing and it feels good.  It’s got be bobbing along in that gratitude pool.  It’s a super nice pool by the way.  Not too hot, not too cold – certainly not crowded!  So if you want to join me come on in.  The reason isn’t important, just try and find it!

4 Positive, Simple Ways to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

4 Positive, Simple Ways to Improve Your Health and Well-Being

Brad Krause

Practicing positivity can take some effort. But one of the best ways to spark positivity in your life is to take more control of your health. Thankfully, there are many simple head-to-toe habits you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. Here are some great health tips that can help you make the most of your health and this gift we call life.

 

Use the Right Filters to Clean Your Home’s Air

 

The simple act of breathing can bring you peace, but only if the air you breathe is actually clean. While there’s not a lot you can do to prevent pollution outside, you do have the power to reduce irritants inside your own home. Change out the filters in your furnace or HVAC system and opt for MERV 8-rated filters when doing so. These highly rated filters have been shown to reduce up to 90 percent of toxins and pollutants, including mold, dust mites and even pollen. To add even more air purity to your home, and a touch of natural beauty, consider adding some air-cleaning plants to your home as well. Snake plants, ferns, and peace lilies are lovely options.

 

Use Wholesome Food Habits to Nourish Your Body

 

We don’t often stop to appreciate the simple act of eating. However, more than any other health step, the foods we eat can do so much to preserve our minds, bodies and overall well-being. In fact, whole, natural foods like oatmeal, leafy vegetables, and even healthy sources of fat can be more effective in combating disease than most prescriptions. What you eat matter, as well as how you eat, can have an major impact as well. Being grateful for food can help you appreciate the small miracles that make your meals possible and help you be more thankful for what you do have in your life. So often, we tend to get so wrapped up in what we don’t have that we forget this important step. Having access to necessities, such as food, is something we should all stop taking for granted, especially when so many are going without.

 

Practice Gratitude in Other Areas of Your Life Too

 

Being thankful for your food can be such a powerful step toward positivity. But gratitude, when practiced on a regular basis, can have even more power of your quality of life. Getting into the habit of being thankful, however, can be much harder than it seems. You can get off to a positive start by making gratitude a daily habit. There are many tiny little steps that can help you feel happier, but try taking a few moments each morning to be thankful for someone or something in your life. Maybe you can appreciate the health of your children or the blessing of your home. Nothing is too trivial to be thankful for in your everyday life. For an even bigger impact, write these notes of gratitude in a journal to really drive the positivity home.

 

Chase Daily Stress Away With Some Simple Self-Care

 

We all have stress in our lives, but not all stress is bad. Activities that may stress you out can actually have a positive payout in the end. However, when even good stress becomes overwhelming, you become more vulnerable to chronic stress reactions. When you experience stress, your brain and body responds in a natural way designed to help you react and escape potentially dangerous situations. When this response is constantly triggered, however, it begins to take a toll on your mental and physical health. This is why it is essential to include plenty of balancing self-care, like journaling and deep breathing, in your  health and wellness routine.

 

When you stop to think about it, you will find that there’s so much to already be thankful for in your life. By taking steps to manage your physical and emotional health, you can can boost your well-being even more. Because at the end of the day, your health and wellness really is something to be treasured. So, start taking better steps to take better care of yourself.

 

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Gratitude

Today’s guest post is by Luke Goodwin

 

GRATITUDE

 

For me, this is one of the most powerful things that can influence every single area of your life and something that has completely transformed my way of thinking and also the way I conduct myself.

 

Each day, I utilise something called ‘The Miracle Morning’ and within this I have added in an exercise called ‘priming’ by the one and only Tony Robbins. Priming is something that has completely opened my mind, allows me to channel my thoughts, create energy and positivity. While I am doing this priming exercise, which lasts for 14 minutes, there is a part of it that focuses on gratitude, and I cannot put a measurement on how much this has affected me. I didn’t drastically notice immediate changes, but they were happening daily, just really small minor changes in my thinking, but over time, when I look back at my journal entries and how I used to conduct myself, I have realised how much, just spending a small amount of time being grateful, has impacted my life. It allows you to see yourself, other people and the world in a completely different light. It allows you to see solutions and not problems, it allows you to see obstacles as a way of improving not failing and it allows you to enjoy life, complain less, and be positive.

 

I used to be one of those people that would moan about 5 minutes of traffic, moan that someone didn’t arrive on time, moan about a lot of things, and I wondered why my life wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to go in, and that was due to my thought process and way of thinking. I was very negative, thought I was unlucky, and made bad decisions. Now all of those have completely flipped. I now think positively, generate amazing results, think clearly, work efficiently and have so much more energy.

 

I urge everyone, to practice being grateful, because then it will become an automatic process in your mind. Imagine this, if you are genuinely grateful to have a family, kids, partner, job, LIFE, do you think you would complain about half of the things you currently complain about? Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect, I still huff and puff now and again, but this has dramatically reduced since taking the time out to be grateful. I used to allow myself to get wound up when my kids misbehaved, which occasionally I still do, after all, we are human. But when I spent every single day being grateful that I am able to be a father, getting wound up over silly things reduced. I used to allow myself to let setbacks and obstacles completely swallow and drown me, and change my thinking into negativity, but when I spent every day being grateful that I have a life, and being grateful that I can even experience these challenges because they are developing my attributes and personality, I now see setbacks and obstacles as strengthening by character and giving me room for improvement. I used to moan that I had a bad day in business, and that I didn’t earn enough money, but when I spent each day feeling grateful for the fact that I am self employed and don’t have to commute, answer to a boss or line someone else’s pockets, it made me see those bad days as development. I am not criticising anyone that is employed here, I am merely stating the fact that for me, those were fundamental reasons why I made the decision to be an entrepreneur.

 

Each day, I would recommend taking time out to practice being grateful, it WILL transform your life. You could try the Tony Robbins priming exercise like I do, if not, simply take 5 minutes out of your day, go somewhere quiet with no distractions and completely zone in on what you are grateful for. This does take practice, and it takes commitment and consistency, it doesn’t happen overnight. For me, at first, I allowed other thoughts to enter my head whilst I was thinking about what I am grateful for, and my mind wondered, but over time, I became better and better and now I can completely zone in and be focus 100% on being grateful. When you do spend time being grateful, don’t worry about what you are thinking about, it could be something huge or it could be something really small, what matters is, how does it make you feel? Sometimes, I think about holding my little boy’s hand when I drop him off at nursery, or cuddling my daughter when I get back from the gym, but for me, it makes me smile when I think about these things. Now, I have spent so much time being grateful for things, I can think about broader things such as being grateful for having a life, and that the possibility for me even existing is so small, I am very very fortunate to even be here, living on this earth today. I sometimes imagine myself hovering above the earth, looking down on it and being blown away at how stunning it looks, and that underneath the atmosphere, are so many amazing miracles to be cherished. That somewhere on that earth is me, living an life. I am extremely grateful for that.

 

I wanted to keep this fairly short, because I think sometimes, things can be over complicated when it doesn’t need to be, and ultimately being grateful is a very simple thing in essence, but it does need to be done consistently in order for it to influence your life. I would love for people to read this, take my advice and get in touch with me and let me know how it has influenced you, no matter how big or small. I take great joy in providing content and value to people, and if it only affects one person, it genuinely makes me happy.

 

Feel free to link up with me on Facebook, I would love to hear your feedback.

 

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A Cool Idea for the New Year 

We should all do this

Gratitude

So I have this awesome little app on my phone called a gratitude journal, and every day a little reminder pops up to remind me to write down that for which I am grateful.  It also has a nice little quote or saying, and today, it said this:

Before you begin to write anything, silently say “Thank you” twenty times.  Feel the feelings of gratitude as you repeat the words.

I’m really happy it had this today for a variety of reasons.  Usually when I fill out my little journal, the things I post are pretty simple.  I’m grateful it’s the weekend, or that I’m gratsnuggled under warm covers on a cold winter day, or I’m grateful that the Patriots won (that would be today’s gratitude.)  But for a large part of today, I wasn’t grateful, in fact, I was feeling downright sorry for myself.  I wasn’t dwelling on it, but the down in the dumps mood did happen  more than once today.  You all know how I feel about those moods – I think they are inevitable, and we need them to help us appreciate the good moods even more.  But this little quote today really hit me hard.  I have been writing down the things I was grateful for, but I hadn’t been FEELING them.  That’s something I obviously need to work on, and I will.  I truly do want to practice an attitude of gratitude, and if on any given day the only thing I can find to be grateful for is the air that I breathe, then I will feel that gratitude right down to the tips of my toes.  So join me in practicing an attitude of gratitude, and more importantly, in truly feeling grateful each and every day.

It’s all Part of the Learning Curve

I’ve learned a LOT about people and human nature lately.  Sadly, a lot of it is very disappointing, and I am disturbed by the nature of people who profess to be caring individuals.  They pay lip service to doing the right thing and their desire to help, but then turn around and do things that are so contrary to their statements.  It saddens me, but I’m trying to put the lessons I’ve learned to good use.  Again it’s a case of realizing that while I can’t control the actions of others,  I can certainly control how I REact to their actions.

I was prepared to write a scathing post, and publicly call people out on what I consider atrocious behavior, but at what cost?  It’s NOT going to change them, or impact them in any way, and it’s only going to serve to fuel my anger.  So instead,  took some time and thought about their actions, and how they made me feel, and how they impacted me.  Now, I want to thank them, because I have had a life lesson reinforced and I am growing into a better person because of it.

 

P.S.  I will be getting out a blog post for today’s Daily Positive Thought later tonight.  Today was a day full of challenges and I couldn’t get it done during my lunch time

Two Little Words – So Many Feelings

I received an email today from a very nice gentleman in London today.  It wasn’t a long email, in fact it was very short.  It touched on the weather and then, the author of the letter thanked me.  He told me he read the Daily Positive Thought every day and he was grateful to receive them.

I cannot tell you how much that letter meant to me.  I smiled for HOURS just thinking about it and in fact, it spurred me on to write this blog post.  This wonderful gentleman took two minutes out of his day and said Thank You, and it totally turned my day around. Of course I responded to his email, telling him how much I appreciated hearing from him and how much it meant to me – hopefully, I was able to give back to him, some of the great feelings he gave to me!

It’s pretty cool, when you think about it.  We all have the power to bring these feelings to other people.  All it takes is a sincere and heartfelt thank you.  Two words that carry carry so much clout. Thank you – that’s all it takes.

So I want to take an opportunity to thank all of you.   Thank you to those of you who receive the Daily Positive Thought via email.  Thank you to those of you who forward it on to other people.  Thank you to the people who follow Think Positive 30 and Gratitude Rocks on facebook, and for the people who follow us on Twitter and for all the great retweets!

Thank you all very much for sharing this incredible journey with me.

Tracie

 

Gratitude Rocks

I’ve been thinking a LOT about gratitude.  Gratitude ROCKS, and I want to continue to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  I have a lot of fantastic, great and amazing things in my life, and I want to remember not just to acknowledge them, but to REVEL in them!  I want to get excited about all the good in my life and I want you to do the same.  “Why should I be grateful?” someone asked me when I was talking about this the other day.  “My life sucks, this is going wrong, and that is bad and blah blah blah”….their list went on and on.  I let them go on for a bit about all their woes, because sometimes, venting is good thing.  Finally when they were done, I asked them to tell me 1 good thing in their life.  And what do you know they were able to come up with something good in their life, and then another, and another, and another.  It was amazing.  When they put forth a little effort, they found there were a lot of good things in their life – it’s all a matter of perspective, really.  Then I asked why they simply couldn’t be grateful for those good things, instead of focusing on all the negative things in their life – and they didn’t have couldn’t give me a reason.

Negative thinking gets to be a habit.  That’s why I created Think Positive 30 – to get into a habit of thinking positive for 30 days, and hopefully for the rest of your life.  Now I also want to help people create an attitude of gratitude and focus on all the things they have in their lives that they are grateful for.  So visit us on facebook and develop an attitude of gratitude because gratitude rocks.

The Land of Truth

By Chris Cade

A certain man believed that the ordinary waking life, as people know it, could not possibly be complete. He sought the real Teacher of the Age. He read many books and joined many circles, and he heard the words and witnessed the deeds of one master after another. He carried out the commands and spiritual exercises which seemed to him to be most attractive.

He became elated with some of his experiences. At other times he was confused; and he had no idea at all of what his stage was, or where and when his search might end.

This man was reviewing his behavior one day when he suddenly found himself near the house of a certain sage of high repute. In the garden of that house, he encountered Khidr, the secret guide who shows the way to truth.
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What About Love?

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately.  What it is, what it means, what’s it’s like to have it, and what it’s like to not have it in your life, and of course the different kinds of love.

Lets start with the types of love.  There is the love you share with friends, there is passionate love, there is romantic love, familial love and unrequited love just to name a few.

I’m lucky that I have lots of love in my life.  I have great friends, and I have two amazing and wonderful kids.  I am rich when it comes to love.  I’ve had passionate love and romantic love and I’ve even had unrequited love.  And all of them are good.  Yes, all of them – even the unrequited love.

I had crushes on boys when I was a little girl.  Boys who didn’t even know I was alive, and I had crushes on movie stars and singers.  Yes David Cassidy and Donny Osmond, I’m talking to you.  And yes, as an adult, there have been people I loved deeply, with all my heart that just didn’t love me back.

At first, I thought unrequited love was a horrible and terrible thing.  Here I was, seven years old, holding my Partridge Family lunch box waiting for David Cassidy to drive up and his limo and take me away, and he never came.  And when I was older, Scott Baio never came, and that cute boy in my study hall never did ask me to the prom.

This got me to thinking, is unrequited love a bad thing?  My automatic response was “Heck yeah, it’s bad, it hurts!  Of course it’s bad.” But then I started to really think about it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that unrequited love is not a bad thing at all.  Any type of love is good because the more we love, the bigger our capacity to love is.  The more we use our heart, the more it expands, and the more it expands, the more love it can give and received.  Kind of like the Grinch’s heart on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

But it’s not just unrequited love that makes your heart grow. It’s every kind of love.  Love is good, and love is expandable, and love, well it grows exponentially.  The more love you have, and the more love you give way, the more love you get.  So open your heart to love, and share that love and watch and cherish the love that comes back to you.

 

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